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I've Seen Him Ride Broncs That Had Piled the Best of Them, and as for Roping -- Even the Mexican Vaqueros Have Had to Hand It to Him More Than Once

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I've Seen Him Ride Broncs That Had Piled the Best of Them, and as for Roping -- Even the Mexican Vaqueros Have Had to Hand It to Him More Than Once

Artist: N. C. Wyeth (American, 1882 - 1945)

Date: 1925
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
29 1/2 x 51 15/16 inches (74.9 x 132 cm)
Frame: 37 1/2 x 60 x 2 1/2 inches (95.3 x 152.4 x 6.4 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Inscribed: A Son of His Father (reverse, in pencil)/ "to Carolyn from papa, June 1, 1925" (reverse, in pencil)
Signed: N. C. Wyeth (lower right)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 2004
Object number: 31.2.3
Accession Number: 2004.1.1
Label Text:Wyeth's painting of romantic western riders illustrated the serialized novel A Son of His Father by Harold Bell Wright. The illustration appeared in McCall's Magazine, April 1925 with the caption, "I've seen him ride broncs that had piled the best of them, and as for roping - even the Mexican vaqueros have had to hand it to him more than once." The sentence described the novel's hero, Jack "Big Boy" Morgan. Young Morgan has excellent skills as a cowboy, but he had to overcome his own mistakes and the evil ways of cattle rustlers and unscrupulous business partners.
Provenance: Artist; gifted June 1, 1925 to his daughter Carolyn Wyeth [1909-1994]; purchased c. 1950 by an unknown owner in Tuscon, Arizona[1]; (Frank Croft Fine Art Inc. Santa Fe, New Mexico); purchased by Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, February 2, 2004 | 1. "The painting was purchased in Tucson, Arizona in the 1950's by the current owners mother-in-law from Clay Lockett, a well-known dealer who owned Indian and Western art galleries in both Tucson and Flagstaff."(email from Frank Croft to David Hunt, dated January 31, 2004)
Exhibitions:
  • Western Classics: Highlights from the Collection